Subject: Re: Copyright
From: Ian Lance Taylor <>
Date: 24 Oct 2002 11:42:44 -0700

"Ken Brown" <> writes:

> The inherent standard in court for copyright is ownership and control.  The
> GPL negates your individual permissions.  In addition, you revoke all rights
> to control distribution.  Sure you can say that there is a copyright, but to
> me its like claiming ownership of air. Read the copyright restrictions that
> lawyers right for copyrighted work.  They insist on 100% control of any and
> every alteration and permission on ALL distribution.  The GPL is the
> opposite.

Hardly the opposite.  There's all sorts of control in the GPL.  That's
why some people don't like it.  That's why Microsoft argues against

For no control, look to something like the MIT license.

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